Letters to the Editor

Dick Bircher: Non-athlete question

The most interesting and serious question raised by the Nov. 9 news article “ 2005 champs: 2 semesters, 35 bogus ‘paper’ classes” is this: Are there non-athletes who are in danger of having their degrees vacated?

Before the NCAA can even consider vacating wins or championships, the university (not the NCAA) would have to determine that credits “earned” from the suspect classes should not have been awarded and must be removed from student records.

What is good for the athletes is good for the non-athletes, right? If credits are no longer credits, are there degrees that were awarded based on the credits that must be vacated?

We know there were more non-athletes taking the classes than athletes. Maybe some of them should be worried.

Dick Bircher